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Reference case

Schaeffler

Schaeffler, a leading global automotive and industrial supplier, is using Treon Gateway as a key building block for its condition monitoring solution Schaeffler OPTIME.
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Introduction

The Schaeffler Group – A global leader.

The Schaeffler Group is a leading global supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors and has been driving forward ground-breaking inventions and developments in the fields of motion and mobility for over 70 years.

The
challenge

Overcoming condition monitoring obstacles.

Condition monitoring systems based on vibration monitoring are an effective tool for optimizing the availability of production and process facilities. However, operators frequently criticize the high costs caused by complex installations and configurations, additional costs for manual data analyses that are difficult to calculate, and the quality and informative value of the analyses.

Therefore, especially auxiliary units, such as motors, pumps, or fans are often not monitored at all or only periodically. The aim for Schaeffler’s new solution OPTIME was to overcome these specific obstacles and to enable simple, cost-effective, and highly scalable condition monitoring for the first time.

The
solution

Treon Gateway as a key element.

Treon Gateway boasts the ability to connect hundreds of devices to the cloud. Through this product partnership, OPTIME supports a range of wired and wireless connectivity options.

“With OPTIME, we make condition monitoring easy and affordable. Thanks to simple plug & play installation and automated asset condition analytics, OPTIME allows you to start monitoring hundreds of rotating machines in just a few hours,” Jarno Suomela, Head of Portfolio and Sector Solutions Management at Schaeffler, explains and continues: “Treon Gateway is one of its key elements.” An easily scalable system, OPTIME consists essentially of wireless, battery-powered vibration sensors, a gateway, and an app to visualize the resulting data analysis.

All installed sensors autonomously communicate with each other and the gateway, forming a dedicated mesh network. One that, in today’s industry, ranks among the most reliable and energy-efficient types of IoT networks.

The
results

Cost-effective proposition.

With Schaeffler OPTIME, comprehensive and automated condition monitoring is now a cost-effective proposition – for all indirectly process-critical assets across entire machine and equipment parks.


Customer Benefits of OPTIME:

– Easy and rapid installation
– Easy data-reading
– No expert knowledge required
Greater security for employees, as access to hard-to-reach machinery, is no longer required with the digital service
– Cost-effective solution for comprehensive and wireless monitoring of units
– Built-in Machine Learning and analytics including automated failure type notifications
– Permits long-term planning of maintenance measures, personnel requirements, and replacement part procurement
– Unplanned downtime is no longer an issue for monitored machines

The relationship has proven beneficial for both companies. “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Schaeffler teams both in Germany and Finland to bring OPTIME to life in record time. It is a great example of an IoT-solution built on the Treon Gateway Platform”, states Joni Korppi, CEO of Treon.

With OPTIME, we make condition monitoring easy and affordable. Thanks to simple plug & play installation and automated asset condition analytics, OPTIME allows you to start monitoring hundreds of rotating machines in just a few hours.
Treon Gateway is one of its key elements.

Jarno Suomela
Head of Portfolio and Sector Solutions Management, Schaeffler